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Der Geistertanz, D. 116 

by 

Franz Schubert 

Autographed manuscript purchased by the Library in 1928 from the 
publisher Weinberger and Hofbauer of Vienna. This manuscript is dated 14 
Oktober 1814. It is incomplete having only the first 32 measures. The song 
was first published by A. Diabelli & Co. of Vienna in 1840. 

This volume was photographed. It was collated and disbound. The 
pages were dry cleaned where necessary; the pages were nonaqueously 
buffered (deacidified) with a Suspension of magnesium oxide particles in a 
perfluoro Compound. A news clipping was photocopied onto Permalife paper. 
The pages were encapsulated in polyester film. The volume was bound in füll 
cloth using a stab sewn structure. The volume was titled using a gold stamped 
leather label. 



Franz Schubert 

Der Geistertanz D. 116 (Vienna, 1814) 
Allen A. Brown Collection 

This autograph manuscript of this beloved classical composer was 
purchased hy the Library in 1928 from the publisher Weinberger 
and Ho flauer of Vienna. It is dated 14 Oktober 1814. The work is 
incomplete, having only the first 32 measures. The song was first 
published by A. Diabelli & Co. of Vienna in 1840. 

Funds to preserve the manuscript were provided by the Associates 
of the Boston Public Library 




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Some of Schubert's Original 
Manuscripts Discovered Here 

Dr. Stoehr of St. Michael's College 
Identifies Famous Composer's Work; 
Dr. Raab of UVM Had Had Them for Years 

What- is hailed as the first instance of the discovery of 
any of Franz Schubert's original manuscripts in this coun- 
try, was revealed yesterday through the identification of 
several manuscript sheets handed down through inherit- 
ance many years ago to Dr. Wilhelm Raab of the Univer- 
sity of Vermont College of medicine. 

The 



identification of the sheets 
as original Schubert manuscripts 
was made by Dr. Richard Stoehr, 
for 30 years a professor at- the 
Vienna State academy of music 
and now head of the music depart- 
ment at St. Michael's College 
where he teaches music apprecia- 
tion, theory, and conducts the or- 
chestra and glee club. 



Knew Brahms, Wagner ' 

Dr. Stoehr's musical background 
dates back to childhood in his na- 
tive Vienna, although he later was 
graduated as a doctor of medicine. 
As a child he knew Richard Wag- 
ner who was a guest in his parents' 
home. He also knew Johannes 
Brahms and Schubert's youngest 



While in Vienna. Dr. Stoehr had '\°™^-' F . erdlnand ' who was a 
considerable opportunity to study I ca «K« lc pnest. 
Originals by Beethoven, Mozart, . A JL a Professor at the academy 
Handel, Haydn, Bach and othor m Vle ™ a, he had pupüs from all 
immortals of music, in addition tJ° ver * ^ e t w ° rld ' For ^ * e * rs 
Schubert. Upon examining the '">} e conducted a summer school for 
sheets handed him by Dr. Raab, he American musxcians and students 
was not long in establishing them ln £ et * m J*l£™ ? trian ^f. ^ 
as those of Schubert. 



Duplicate Of Handwriting- 

Dr. Stoehr compared the manu- 
scripts with 'Schubert facsimilies in 
a Schubert monograph at the Bill- 
ings library, revealing all the de 



As jä composer, Dr. Stoehr 
known In Europe and the United 
States where his Symphonie and 
Chamber music have been played. 
While a member of the Curtis in- 
stirute in Philadelphia and of the 
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music 



Dr. Stoehr, who subsequently iden- 
tifted them. 

Schubert Lived With Relative 

Dr. Raab said these manuscripts 
came into his family through his 
great-granduncle, the poet Franz 
von Schober, who was Schubert's 
most intimate friend and the 
writer of several" of Schubert's 
Lieder texts. Schubert lived for 
years in Schober' s apartment and 
his last letter written a few days 
before the death of the gre"at com- 
poser at 32 years of age (1828) 
was directed to Schober. 

Dr. Raab who has only recently 
come to this country from Europe 
inherited the manuscripts with 
other old papers little realizing 
their value. About two weeks ago 
he showed them to Dr. Stoehr, 
a graduate M. D., by the way. 
What Dr. Stoehr saw provoked a 
private investigation leading to the 
! discovery. 



» Schubert Manuscript Sold - 

A manuscript of Franz Schu- 
bert's music to Schiller's bailad 
"The Diver" was among- the manu- 
scripts and illustrations by Ger- 
man writers and painters of the 
last three centuries recently auc- 
tioned at Marburg:, West Germany, 
aecording: to Deutsche Korrespon- 
denz, official news publication of 
the West German Government. The 
Schubert manuscript was in the 
composers' handwriting - . Boug-ht 
by a Berlin art dealer, the manu- 
script brought ,the highestprice 
at the auetion. o "IJ-^^ | tO~^ 



tails and peculiarities of the hand- ne gave concerts and lectures in 
writing in exaet duplication. many states. Last summer he 

The sheets of music contained finished an orchestral suite en- 
sketches of melodies and motives titled, "Vermont." 
which Schubert later completed, 1 Dr. Raab, who teaches internal 
some of which Prof. H. G. Ben- [medicine at the university, is also 
nett of the department of music at j a lover of the violin and upon the 
the University of Vermont iden- occasion of an evening of Chamber 
tified. Of local interest is a Fan- music showed the manuscripts to 
tasy in F minor, opus 103 for four; 
hands, written in 1827. The melody 
of this fantasy was played re- 
peatedly in the moving picture, 
"New Wine" which showed in Bur- 
lington recently. The picture dealt 
with Schubert's life. Two other 
piano pieces were among the 
Sketches, both written for four 
hands. 



Der Geistertanz, D.U6 , 1814. 
Schubert, Franz 
Boston Public Library 
Boston, MA 

CONPITION PN RECEIPT : 

The rebacked half leather and decorated paper binding was worn 
but in relatively sound condition. The heavy paper endleaves were 
stiff. The front fly leaf was creased and torn along the crease; it 
was damaging the manuscript. The text block consisted ofa Single 
leaf of music manuscript in manuscript ink and graphite pencil 
bound within 20 pages. News clippings were adhered to a leaf 
following the manuscript. The clippings were acidic and 
discolored and had discolored the adjacent pages. The manuscript 
leaf was in relatively sound condition even though it was dirty and 
discolored. It had one small tear at the fore edge and the corners 
were creased. The manuscript was marked in graphite pencil and 
with an embossing stamp. 

TREATMENT PERFORMED : 

The volume was photographed. It was collated and disbound. The 
pages were dry cleaned where necessary; the pages were 
nonaqueously buffered (deacidifed) with a Suspension of 
magnesium oxide particles in a perfluoro Compound. A news 
clipping was photocopied onto Permalife paper. The pages were 
encapsulated in polyester film. The volume was bound in füll 
cloth using a stab sewn structure. The volume was titled using a 
gold stamped leather label. 



Northeast Document Conservation Center 

March 2000 

DW/MPB